AT&T Will Allow To Use FaceTime Over 3G But You Will Be Charged For This
Mobile operator AT&T is going to charge FaceTime calls over 3G. This will be after new iOS launch. Breaking news read here below because it concerns now every iUser.
With the iOS 6 release, FaceTime application for video calls in addition to Wi-Fi networks will support 3G connection. You may know that AT&T shutdown 2G network to free up space for 4G. In this case, you can call from any supported iOS device, equipped with Wi-Fi or 3G. As it turned out the day before, not all owners of iPhone and iPad will be able to use the service.
Subscribers of the U.S. operator, want to run FaceTime on their iPhone over 3G, after the iOS 6 will have to subscribe to one of the special tariff plans.
According to representative of AT&T, the company offered the opportunity to use FaceTime over the cellular network as an added bonus in the Mobile Share tariff plans, which were created to meet the growing demand of users in web traffic. In the case of Mobile Share, the more data you use, the more you save. FaceTime will be available on 3G and Wi-Fi for all AT&T users.
The representative of the company did not say why the company made this decision. But the announcement came after appearing in the press reports that the operator was going to charge FaceTime over 3G cellular network for the use.
New tariff plans AT&T will take effect on August 23. They will belong Apple iPhone and iPad, connected to the Internet, and also include the unlimited iPhone SMS messages package and unlimited talk time. In the transition to the new tariff plan you have to select the amount of data per month you would need – from 1 to 20 gigabytes, and then specify up to 10 devices connected to the account.
Now you know that AT&T may really charge FaceTime over 3G on any iPhone and iPad or even maybe over 4G in iPhone 5. But it can restrict FFC’s (Federal Communications Commission) rules about using free video services as Skype. Better look what The New York Times reports:
John Bergmayer, senior staff lawyer at Public Knowledge, said AT&T was violating the F.C.C.’s Open Internet Rules, which say that mobile providers shall not “block applications that compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services.”
“There is no technical reason why one data plan should be able to access FaceTime and another not,” Mr. Bergmayer said in a statement.